Steve Jobs works on biography
Apple's mercurial CEO Steve Jobs is working with an author on his official life story, it has been announced.
In references to both his company's products and the Bible, the tome will be called "iSteve: The Book of Jobs".
Due for release early next year, it is being written by Walter Isaacson, a former newspaper journalist and chairman of CNN who has also written about the lives of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.
"Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius," said a spokesman for publisher Simon & Schuster.
Mr Jobs' prodigal return to Apple in 1996 to oversee a series of groundbreaking product launches including the iPod, iPhone and iPad is already business legend. He had been ousted by the board in 1985.
His perfectionism and marketing genius are widely credited with the firm's rise to become the world's most valuable technology company over the last decade.
But Mr Isaacson has plenty of other material from the 56-year-old's life on which to draw, including his adoption as a baby and his Buddhist beliefs.
Mr Jobs has also been criticised by former colleagues as an egomaniac, an accusation that at least the title of his official biography is unlikely to dispel.
Apple watchers will also be keen to see what the official biography reveals about Mr Jobs' battles with ill health. He is currently on a medical leave of absence following a liver transplant in 2009.
Dozens of books have traded on Mr Jobs' celebrity over the years, but he has never authorised a biography and has previously had fractious encounters with journalists.
In 2005, Apple reacted to a book called "iCon: Steve Jobs, the greatest second act in the history of business" by banishing its publisher from iTunes. And in 2008 he rang a New York Times columnist who was writing about his illness to call him a "slime bucket".